Sunday 29 November, 2020

Quarantine forms for those tested for COVID-19

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After someone who was tested for COVID-19 journeyed to Tobago before getting their results, the Ministry of Health has now instituted that quarantine forms are to be signed to ensure that patients do not break the isolation period. 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram said that the Ministry found it necessary to employ the method since simply asking patients to adhere to the guideline was insufficient. 

“I have issued a call to all the CMOH’s (County Medical Officers of Health) that every person that has been swabbed since, be issued a quarantine form and those persons would have been made to sign the form. Now, instead of giving someone the advice to stay home, there’s a quarantine order in place,” he said. 

Dr Parasram said instances like these have happened often enough to warrant the action. 

“The advice was given to stay at home until you get a result that is negative. Of course that advice was not heeded and persons continued to move after being swabbed and after being told by the physicians that they should not have left their homes,” he explained. 

The order means that those in quarantine could now find themselves before the courts if they are found to be in breach under the Quarantine Act.  

“If you breach the quarantine order, there are certain legal elements that kick in through the TTPS that can be enforced so the process has changed as we move further along the continuum of cases,” he added. 

The quarantine form acts as a legal document which is covered by the Quarantine Act. Anyone in breach can face up to six months in prison or a $6,000 fine, based on the Public Health Regulations. 

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